December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
It is the 27th anniversary of the death of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal, who were murdered by one man, because they were women.
As we remember them each year, we are also called to take action, to commit – or re-commit – ourselves to the important work of combatting gender-based violence.
Violence against women is an issue that women and men, boys and girls alike must recognize and oppose. It is only by working together to raise awareness and change attitudes and behaviour that we can successfully put an end to the problem.
In our increasingly plugged-in society, when it so easy to turn up the volume on our personal devices and tune out the plight of those around us, we must make a conscious effort to be aware of our surroundings, and of those who may be hurting.
I urge any of you who may have witnessed violence to speak up – your courage could change a life.
If you are someone who has experienced violence at home or in a relationship, you are not alone. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to share your story, and to seek help from someone you trust.
There are also excellent public supports available for women who are victims of violence.
Please visit www.saysomethingbc.ca